As we predicted yesterday in this space yesterday, world #5, Robin Soderling was too much for world #8, American Dandy Andy Roddick, because as we predicted, Soderling’s giant groundstrokes and 140 MPH serves were too much for the notoriously poor returning American, at the finals of the Brisbane International in Australia this morning. Soderling denied Roddick in his bid to be the repeat champion in Brisbane, by serving lights out. The big Swede won an astounding 35/39 poinnts on first serve, and 44/54 points on first and second serve, on his way to the easy victory, 6-3, 7-5 in 1 hour and 34 minutes.
For Soderling, who banged 16 aces to Roddick’s 12 on the soft blue Plexicushion, it was a well played match in windy, heavy conditions. Soderling never faced a break point, but earned 10 break chances on the Roddick serve, converting one in each set. The win was Soderling’s 7th career title, but only his 2nd title ever outdoors. Soderling took 69 points to Roddick’s 52 in the match, which we’d say is quite a large disparity.
The Swede, who himself declared he has never really played well in Australia before, would appear to be even further along in his progression at this point. Very high quality win for Soderling who is now 5-0 in the new year. Both Roddick and Robin Soderling will rest up this week in preparation for the Australian Open which begins next week in Melbourne.
Roddick should seek plenty of comfort this week in the arms of his super model wife Brookyln Decker, which will no doubt soften the big blows inflicted on him by the big Swede earlier. By the way, TTC will air a the final on tape delay today at 3 PM EST. And at the Aircel Open in Chennai, India, Federer buddy Stanislas Waswrinka capped a great week in which he took down Czech giant and Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych in the semis, by beating Xavier Malisse, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in today’s final. The win is Wawrinka’s third career singles title, first since 2007, and first ever on a hard court. Wawrinka should moce up a few spots from world #21 in tomorrow’s new ATP rankings.